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California Games

California Games

Microsoft MSX - Released - 1987

California Games was the original "Extreme Games" – what today's generation might call "X-Games in the sun". Players can select sponsors (absent in some versions) and compete in events such as skateboarding, footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc (frisbee) and BMX. The surfing event is ranked by judges, which give a score to help the players improve their routine.

California Games

California Games

Atari ST - Released - 1989

California Games was the original "Extreme Games" – what today's generation might call "X-Games in the sun". Players can select sponsors (absent in some versions) and compete in events such as skateboarding, footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc (frisbee) and BMX. The surfing event is ranked by judges, which give a score to help the players improve their routine. The Atari versions (2600 and Lynx) of the game omit the flying disc and roller skating events, while the Genesis version omits only the flying disc event.

Cred Breaks Out

Cred Breaks Out

BBC Microcomputer System - Released - 1986

A top down maze game with the goal of rescuing survivors and leading them to the safety of your spaceship. When each level begins, you see five characters trapped in a room somewhere in the maze. The first thing you need to do is to reach them and open the door. To assist you, you are carrying two TSB Trustcards. You can drop a card in front of you at any time and it serves as a barrier to anything in the maze that moves, including you and your companions. The cards will protect you from the nasties for about ten seconds; after this they disappear. Once you open the door the people attach to...

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge

Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge

Commodore Amiga - Released - December 1, 1988

The third licensed game based around the legendary British decathlete did something slightly wider in scope than the basic Games style of play. Before you play the main events you have to train in the gym. Weight-lifting, squats and sit-ups are included, which involve waggling the joystick as fast as you can to fill a displayed bottle of Lucozade (clever bit of product-placement there). The better you do at this, the better you'll fare in the events, which are predominantly waggling-based as well. They include the standard decathlon events of running, jumping and throwing as well as you can....

Johnny Reb II

Johnny Reb II

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Based on the American Civil War, Johnny Reb II is a one or two player strategy game. After the title screen a menu appears allowing you limited tinkering of the game's parameters. You can also choose which side you want to play as. Once you are happy with your choices the game begins. The game is viewed overhead of the terrain with your and the enemies' forces shown as icons. Moving the cursor with your joystick, you can highlight an icon and get details about that unit. On the right of the screen different icons appear showing the type of orders that are available. Some icons can make other...

Johnny Reb II

Johnny Reb II

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

Based on the American Civil War, Johnny Reb II is a one or two player strategy game. After the title screen a menu appears allowing you limited tinkering of the game's parameters. You can also choose which side you want to play as. Once you are happy with your choices the game begins. The game is viewed overhead of the terrain with your and the enemies' forces shown as icons. Moving the cursor with your joystick, you can highlight an icon and get details about that unit. On the right of the screen different icons appear showing the type of orders that are available. Some icons can make...

Mutants

Mutants

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1987

In the distant future, human beings have outposts all over the galaxies, but wars and aggression have not died out. Neither has opposition to potential exploitation or environmental damage; your resistance movement has discovered that Macro-Genetic Mutoids (Mutants) are being bred purely to be used as weapons. Controlling the familiarly-named Rainbow Warrior in this top-view shooter, you must fly to each of the 15 mutant-breeding zones, collecting their self-destruct pods, and taking all of these to the control room. You are armed with missiles, torpedos and a shield, and can use one of...

Mutants

Mutants

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1987

In the distant future, human beings have outposts all over the galaxies, but wars and aggression have not died out. Neither has opposition to potential exploitation or environmental damage; your resistance movement has discovered that Macro-Genetic Mutoids (Mutants) are being bred purely to be used as weapons. Controlling the familiarly-named Rainbow Warrior in this top-view shooter, you must fly to each of the 15 mutant-breeding zones, collecting their self-destruct pods, and taking all of these to the control room. You are armed with missiles, torpedos and a shield, and can use one of...

The New Zealand Story

The New Zealand Story

Commodore Amiga - Released - January 1, 1989

One day, a kiwi tribe was having fun and games outside the zoo, only to be kidnapped by the evil-minded Leopard Seal, who plans to sell them at the black market. Fortunately, during the kidnapping process, Tiki, leader of the tribe, managed to escape the sack, and her job is to rescue Phee-Phee and the other kiwis scattered around New Zealand, and are held in cages in various locations that include Auckland, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Strait Cook, and Mt. Cook. If Tiki doesn't rescue a kiwi in a limited amount of time, the devil will appear and try to kill her. When Tiki reaches the outskirts...

Panoplia: The Full Armor of God

Panoplia: The Full Armor of God

MS-DOS - Released - 1991

A Christian text adventure in which you are charged with recovering the five pieces of the Armor of God. Obtaining each piece requires passing a test. The game includes a copy of the new testament, and bible passages are referenced throughout the game, providing hints.

Platoon

Platoon

Amstrad CPC - Released - 1988

The film Platoon featured a squad of five soldiers on their mission for the US Army in Vietnam. In this action game based around the film, you take control of these five guys in turn, with the chance to switch between them as they each take one of the 3 hits that would kill them. The game recreates each of the sections of the film, starting with a side-scrolling journey through the jungle, with paths to cross both horizontally and vertically, and the ability to jump or duck hazards. You will need to blow up a bridge and then locate a village, which contains a torch, a map and a trap-door....

Platoon

Platoon

Atari ST - Released - 1988

The film Platoon featured a squad of five soldiers on their mission for the US Army in Vietnam. In this action game based around the film, you take control of these five guys in turn, with the chance to switch between them as they each take one of the 3 hits that would kill them. The game recreates each of the sections of the film, starting with a side-scrolling journey through the jungle, with paths to cross both horizontally and vertically, and the ability to jump or duck hazards. You will need to blow up a bridge and then locate a village, which contains a torch, a map and a trap-door. The...

Shackled

Shackled

Commodore 64 - Released - 1988

A multi-player, multi-level labyrinth/maze game in the genre of Gauntlet; originally an arcade game. Players take the role of Kevin, who is trying to rescue his friends from their jail cells. As prisoners are released, they will attempt to follow Kevin, and also attack nearby enemies. Kevin's goal is to lead each prisoner to the exit, and onto the next level. Some levels have hidden passages which lead to bonus/secret levels. As with any Gauntlet-style game, finding enough keys to deal with each door is crucial. Kevin can pick up weapons such as grenades and boomerangs, and other enhancing...

Spy Hunter

Spy Hunter

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1985

Originating in the arcades, Spy Hunter is a driving action game played from an overhead point of view. Your car is equipped with machine guns to help you get past the numerous enemies out on the road (be careful not to shoot any civilians, though!) Occasionally you will come across a weapons van, and if you drive into the back of the van your car becomes equipped with a second weapon (such as smoke screen, oil slick, or missiles). At several points the road splits and you can enter a boathouse which transforms your car into a boat temporarily. If you drive far enough the seasons change as well...

Summer Games

Summer Games

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1988

Summer Games offers a variety of sports competitions for 1 to 4 players. It challenges you with eight realistic events in swimming, track, gymnastics, skeet shooting, pole vault, and diving.

Tank (Ocean/Data East)

Tank (Ocean/Data East)

Commodore 64 - Released - 1987

Your country has been taken over by a brutal dictator, and you must wipe out his forces and defenses. You control a tank (surprisingly enough) armed with machine guns and cannons in this top-view scrolling shoot 'em up with arcade roots. Arrows guide you as to the optimal route. Available tokens to collect include fuel and equipment. Destroy enemy tanks and bases with the cannons, and infantrymen with the machine gun. There are rivers to cross using bridges, landmines, and enemy installations to beware of.

Theatre Europe

Theatre Europe

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Released - 1986

This game covers the first 30 days of what was then feared to be the next war in Europe. You can choose to be the supreme commander of the NATO or the Warsaw Pact. In your control are air and ground units. These are backed up by your ability to make strategic nuclear/chemical attacks. As the Warsaw Pact commander your task is to break the lines of the NATO alliance, which you see is a powerful invasion force, poised on your border. Your first task is to take over West Germany. As NATO commander your task is to stop the Russian invasion. Hold the lines on West Germany's border. You will...

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